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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,640 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Pontiac Grand Am miscellaneous problems

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 032015

Grand Am

  • 70,000 miles


Car would not start at all when I came out of work tonight. I had no warning lights (in the past this car has been very good with showing what needed to be done). I called the security guard from my place of employment who tried to jump my battery for 40 minutes before realizing it was not the battery. My emergency light would flicker a few times and the key seemed to be stuck in the ignition. I had to jiggle it for about a minute before it would turn, but no sounds would come from the car. This was not only inconvenient, but also dangerous as the car was perfectly fine when I left it in the parking lot before work.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 022015

Grand Am

  • 166,978 miles
While driving at approximately 10 miles per hour, 2003 Grand Am Pontiac stops while on street nearly causing an accident. Security system light blinking. Suspected failed security system.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 262006

Grand Am

  • 29,002 miles
At 29,000 miles in 2006 the ignition would not turn. Car towed to authorized Pontiac dealer where I was told the ignition cylinder needed to be replaced. The cost for the ignition cylinder was $327 I was struck by a utility truck while stopped at a red light in 2013 and the airbag did not deploy. At approximately 58,000 miles the car won't start.again towed to a Pontiac dealer. Told I need a new ignition cylinder for a cost of $447.82. Prior to this incident, when the key was turned the security light and airbag light would stay illuminated longer than usual. There has been a clicking sound coming from dashboard and at times while driving on a shifted level road (example: End of a highway ramp, backing out of an uneven driveway) the car has turned off. There has also at times been difficulty turning the steering wheel. Often times it turned easily and other times it wouldn't turn at all. 2015 General Motors told me this wasn't passed on for investigation because I didn't provide a photo of the vehicle before the bodywork was done although they received the repair bill. I still don't have a driveable car and am unsure if this car would even be safe to drive.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #2

Oct 022013

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • 82,221 miles
I have to do this everytime I start the car. Turn my key to the "on" position, and wait ten minutes then turn the key to start it, and it will start after the 2nd or 3rd attempt at this. My sister bought the car for me in July 2013, and it was starting fine before October, then after October, when I go somewhere, turn off the car, and have to turn the key on and let it sit for 10 minutes, and the car starts right off. Have a warranty on it. Bought the car at Nissan of newport news, va. I moved to lychburg va and made an appointment with pinkerton Chevrolet dealership service center for Feb. 2, 2014. I am on a fixed income, and my sister is paying off the car.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012003

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cut hand/finger on door sheet metal. The metal from the outside of the door wraps around the back edge of the door and has a very sharp edge. When closing or opening the door and grabbing in this region of the door, it is very easy to get cut by the sheet metal. One incident of cutting finger.

- Canton, MI, USA

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